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Return to Paradise | 1998 | R | - 4.3.8

Two friends must decide whether they should return to Malaysia and spend time in prison in order to help their jailed friend avoid execution. With Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix and David Conrad.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sexual innuendo and some kissing scenes (sometimes passionately in make-out scenes). A woman is shown in her bra and panties and g-string clad female buttocks are seen in a strip club; we also see the sides of female bare breasts a few times. A naked man is seen in shadow. A couple kiss, the man caresses a barely clothed breast and the woman gets on top of the man with some thrusting. And a couple kiss while naked in a tub; he briefly caresses her breasts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is hanged until he's dead. A knife is held to a person's throat. A trio on a bike are nearly hit by a bus and wipe-out. Several scuffles.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 50 F-words, many scatological references and mild obscenities, some anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Foreign court systems, capital punishment, friendship, sacrifice, impossible dilemmas, guilt.

MESSAGE - Sometimes life does not offer easy or good choices.

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